The Wood Folk Diaries: Volume 1, Chapter 3: Little Bear Meets Fox

Dear Wood Folk, Watching Makwa meet the world has involved countless escape scenes. Most bear sightings outside of the dump are bear backends, feet midair, here one second and gone the next. They are fast runners reaching speeds of 30mph. They can climb a tree in a blink of an eye. Treed they are barely […]

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White Pine – Pinus Strobus: Ontario’s Tallest Edible & Medicinal Wild Plant

In Chippewa, jingwak’, white pine was the most towering of edible and medicinal plants here 200 yrs ago. Imagine forests of 200-ft tall, 4-ft wide powerful evergreen medicine. Like the now “trending” and controversial sage smudge, pine needles are said to clear negative energy when burned. This tree has so much positive energy. It has […]

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How Red Foxes Use Wild Plants

When you think of what a fox eats, you’re probably picturing rabbits, mice, or maybe a housecat (although the latter is extremely rare and they usually coexist). Red foxes, waagoshag in Ojibwe or waagosh for singular, do love their meats from insects to rodent kind, and sometimes herps or birds. They might even lunge into […]

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White Spruce – Picea Glauca: A Top Tip Edible & Medicinal Wild Plant

In Chippewa, cingob’, white spruce is one of the first edible and medicinal plants I enjoy come spring. Its fresh green tips are a popular forage – a top tip! These next two edible and medicinal wild plants are very similar: white spruce and white pine. They’re named for the white crust that often coats […]

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Let’s Make a Gandalf Style Staff out of White Spruce

Immediately after moving into the one-acre wood, this creature stood out amongst the white spruce trees: Some may see a tree whose fate was to be strangled by strings of popcorn, cranberries, and LED lights. I saw a welcoming gift from the forest, a staff, with a beautiful root head. But I tugged and it […]

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Red Oak – Quercus Rubra: The Bitter Oak of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

In Chippewa, wi’sugi’mitigo’mic meaning “bitter oak”, red oak is an edible and medicinal tree we’re lucky to have even if just admiring it’s deep red foliage in the autumn. Carrying a piece of oak is said to bring good luck. And it’s a lucky tree to have around for many wild ones. It’s a long […]

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